Thursday, April 20th 2017

NVIDIA's Volta Reportedly Poised for Anticipated, Early Q3 2017 Launch

According to a report from Chinese website MyDrivers, NVIDIA is looking to spruce things up on its line-up with a much earlier than expected Q3 Volta Launch. Remember that Volta was expected, according to NVIDIA's own road-maps, to launch around early 2018. The report indicates that NVIDIA's Volta products - apparently to be marketed as the GeForce 20-series - will see an early launch due to market demands, and NVIDIA's intention to further increase pricing of its products through a new-generation launch.

These stand, for now, as only rumors (and not the first time they've surfaced at that), but paint a pretty interesting picture, nonetheless. Like Intel with its Coffee Lake series, pushing a product launch to earlier than expected has consequences: production, logistics, infrastructure, product roadmaps, and stock of existing previous-generation products must all be taken into account. And with NVIDIA just recently having introduced its performance-champions GTX 1080 Ti and Titan Xp graphics cards, all of this seems a trigger pull too early - especially when taking into account the competition landscape in high-performance graphics, which is akin to a single green-colored banner poised atop the Himalayas. And NVIDIA must not forget the fact that AMD could be pulling a black swan off its engineering department with Vega, like it did with its Ryzen series of CPUs.
Any new Volta products would most likely use HBM2 or GDDR5X memory, considering that Micron itself is looking to begin sampling its GDDR6 products towards the end of 2017 or early 2018. With AMD's Vega languishing in the corner as we expect it to finally make an appearance, which also carries HBM2 memory, it would be expected that its availability is good enough to power multiple graphics cards from both vendors. And if previous rumors are true, the usage of a cutting-edge 12 nm process is also in the works.

The only reason I see NVIDIA pulling Volta's Launch to 3Q2017 is to steal some thunder from AMD's expected 2Q2017 Vega launch, looking to stay buyer's hands from jumping ship. If there were some products to be launched, I would expect a Pascal refresh until 2018's actual GeForce-branded Volta, especially considering how NVIDIA can easily put its mainstream GPUs in direct competition to AMD's recently released RX 500 series. Volta being launched for the HPC market, however, makes sense: NVIDIA's "Datacenter" revenue is posting the company's greatest increases QoQ and YoY. It is, in potential, a much more lucrative market than its gaming segment, and it would make total sense to see NVIDIA pulling its Volta architecture towards the HPC market, much like the company did with its GP100 Pascal chip.Source: MyDrivers, ETeknix, The Motley Fool
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42 Comments on NVIDIA's Volta Reportedly Poised for Anticipated, Early Q3 2017 Launch

#2
mroofie
hmm if I remember it should be double the performance/power consumption

Way to early for such a improvement... :wtf:
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#3
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
"Just upgraded to Titan XP....Hell, upgrade again soon!!!.." :banghead::banghead:
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#4
Nihilus
6 quad-stacked DRAM modules should give twice the bandwidth as what is on todays top-end cards with DRAM. It will be interesting to see how they dissipate the heat and interconnect them to the GPU.
Curious on the Pros and Cons of this setup against HPM2.
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#5
RejZoR
I know why they did this. So we'll wait for Volta and then decide between it and Vega.
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#6
mroofie
RejZoR said:
I know why they did this. So we'll wait for Volta and then decide between it and Vega.
Vega cant compete with volta..
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#7
mroofie
P4-630 said:
"Just upgraded to Titan XP....Hell, upgrade again soon!!!.." :banghead::banghead:
Volta was intended to arrive next year that's 8-10 months from now

If you bought titans or Ti's you're asking for unnecessary wallet rape :ohwell: :rolleyes: :pimp:
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#8
kruk
This can't be desktop Volta:
a) it would make the 11 Gbps Pascal line obsolete
b) nobody would buy 1080 Ti if they can get a better and cheaper 2070

Unless:
a) Volta is only Pascal refresh
b) RX Vega is a killer card
c) JHH has gone mad :)

Pick the most probable one :p
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#9
mroofie
kruk said:
This can't be desktop Volta:
a) it would make the 11 Gbps Pascal line obsolete
b) nobody would buy 1080 Ti if they can get a better and cheaper 2070

Unless:
a) Volta is only Pascal refresh
b) RX Vega is a killer card
c) JHH has gone mad :)

Pick the most probable one :p
You forgot pascal 2gen
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#10
HD64G
No way they can have it ready for sale in Q3 2017 on 10nm. if they release a 2080 with few cores and not the full one on 14 or 16nm, that might work though. But it will not be much better than 1080. 10nm big gpus are 1 year or more far from today me thinks.
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#11
ensabrenoir
......clearly this is in response to Amd's highly disruptive 5 series launch....unlike Intel Nvdia is taking no chances.....:rolleyes:
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#12
GhostRyder
That would blow me away if they did get Volta out that fast. It would make alot of the recent releases obsolete very fast and seem almost like pointless purchases. Makes me anxious and considering holding off a purchase of a second card in exchange for a new generation card.
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#13
Joss
This is not a company responding to the competition, this is a megalomaniac reaction
I'm disgusted
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#14
dwade
I wouldn't doubt NVIDIA. This ain't AMD we're talking about. Vega is not even released yet for godsakes. NVIDIA gets shit done quickly!
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#15
kruk
dwade said:
I wouldn't doubt NVIDIA. This ain't AMD we're talking about. Vega is not even released yet for godsakes. NVIDIA gets shit done quickly!
Exactly!

Oh, wait:

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#16
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
GhostRyder said:
That would blow me away if they did get Volta out that fast. It would make alot of the recent releases obsolete very fast and seem almost like pointless purchases. Makes me anxious and considering holding off a purchase of a second card in exchange for a new generation card.
It makes me glad I stayed put on my Maxwell. Otherwise I would have felt like I had been cheated.
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#17
ZoneDymo
dwade said:
I wouldn't doubt NVIDIA. This ain't AMD we're talking about. Vega is not even released yet for godsakes. NVIDIA gets shit done quickly!
well you only see it as quickly because they set the slow-ass pace to begin with...
pretty sure Nvidia is sitting on a hell of a lot of tech that would improve graphics cards by 500% but why waste that all on the next gpu when you can just give us a 100% for full price for the coming 5 years.
MOAR MONEYZ YO.
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#18
TheGuruStud
Wide availability of old P100s just happened a few months ago and people think that Volta and a new node are coming soon for mass production...
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#19
m1dg3t
TheGuruStud said:
Wide availability of old P100s just happened a few months ago and people think that Volta and a new node are coming soon for mass production...
Delusions aren't delusions when a plethora of people have the same delusion, it becomes reality. Doesn't it? :rolleyes:

This rumour is nothing more than the marketing department doing it's job. I'll take another post, added an inch to my epecker! :roll:
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#20
TheGuruStud
m1dg3t said:
Delusions aren't delusions when a plethora of people have the same delusion, it becomes reality. Doesn't it? :rolleyes:

This rumour is nothing more than the marketing department doing it's job. I'll take another post, added an inch to my epecker! :roll:
I can't wait for the fud that appears 1-2 weeks before vega launch.
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#21
efikkan
RejZoR said:
I know why they did this. So we'll wait for Volta and then decide between it and Vega.
No, not at all.
It's been known for a year that Nvidia have a deal to supply GV100 based servers in ~September 2017, so they will be delivering a limited batch in Q3.
Consumer products are scheduled for early 2018, and will not start with the big Volta chip.
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#22
the54thvoid
efikkan said:
No, not at all.
It's been known for a year that Nvidia have a deal to supply GV100 based servers in ~September 2017, so they will be delivering a limited batch in Q3.
Consumer products are scheduled for early 2018, and will not start with the big Volta chip.
Yup - makes most sense. HPC parts late this year, a 2080 in April? then August 2018 a 2080ti?

Nothing to see here just some rumours reported from one site that's been quiet for a while. Hopefully Vega arrives in 2 weeks because that's May and it's meant to be out then..... That's when all the fanboys can cry (well, one side will be).
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#23
64K
efikkan said:
No, not at all.
It's been known for a year that Nvidia have a deal to supply GV100 based servers in ~September 2017, so they will be delivering a limited batch in Q3.
Consumer products are scheduled for early 2018, and will not start with the big Volta chip.
Most likely Nvidia will do a repeat of the last 3 generations and release the mid-range Voltas and the Titan Volta first. Nvidia, as usual, will hope to scoop up that $1,200 maybe $1,300 this time for the Volta Titan from the early adopters of the GV100.
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#24
XiGMAKiD
If they actually launched Volta at that time and with GTX 750 Ti kinda launch, it's gonna ruin RX 500 moments
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#25
m1dg3t
TheGuruStud said:
I can't wait for the fud that appears 1-2 weeks before vega launch.
It'll get extra thick for sure, no doubt about it ;)

the54thvoid said:
Hopefully Vega arrives in 2 weeks because that's May and it's meant to be out then..... That's when all the fanboys can cry (well, one side will be).
Why do you always include some lame ass bullshit attempt to incite flamewars in these posts? Always making some idiotic comment about 'fanboys', do you realize how foolish you make yourself look? Not to mention you cite nonesense as fact when it suits you. Nobody said Vega will be released in May. Nobody. Stop spreading BS.

The community is speculating it'll release then alongside Bethesdas new 'Prey', that's all. The only confirmation we have from AMD is 1H 2017, I'm assuming you what half of 12 is?
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